In a recent incident at Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport in Japan, a Korean Air plane and a Cathay Pacific jet collided as wintry weather conditions prevailed. The collision occurred around 5:30 p.m. and involved the wings of the two aircraft.
Fortunately, no injuries were report in the incident. The Korean Air jet, carrying 289 passengers and crew, clipped wings with the empty Cathay Pacific plane. The collision took place during pushback.
According to a report by CNN International, this incident follows heightened scrutiny of airport safety in Japan after a fatal collision at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on January 2. Where a Japan Airlines jet burst into flames after colliding with a coast guard plane.
Both Korean Air and Cathay Pacific confirmed the incident on social media. Korean Air stated that it is “cooperating with all relevant authorities” and that the aircraft “came into contact” with the Cathay plane during pushback. Cathay Pacific mentioned that its plane “was stationary at the time with no customers nor crew onboard” when it was “struck by a Korean Air A330 taxiing past.”
As a result of the collision, Cathay Pacific canceled Flight 583 from Sapporo to Hong Kong. Passengers affected by the cancellation were assured that alternative arrangements would be made. With additional flights scheduled for the same route on the following day.
Authorities are currently investigating the details of the incident, with no concerns reported regarding oil leakage at this time.